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The Battle of Peach Tree CreekHood's First Effort to Save Atlanta$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634197

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634197.001.0001

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Hardee versus Newton

Hardee versus Newton

(p.80) 5 Hardee versus Newton
The Battle of Peach Tree Creek

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

William J. Hardee's Corps attacked along the Buck Head and Atlanta Road at about 3 p.m., July 20, with about 15,000 troops. The only force standing in the war was John Newton's division of the Fourth Corps, about 3,000 strong, which was partially fortified in a good position. Hardee handled his attack poorly; one of his divisions never even found the enemy, another nearly outflanked Newton's left but was repulsed, and another only advanced part way to Newton's right wing then stopped in a ravine and fired for the rest of the day. Hardee's reserve division, commanded by Patrick R. Cleburne, was about to renew the attack when Hood called on Hardee to send a division to the east side of Atlanta to oppose McPherson's approach to the city. Hardee Cleburne's Division. Hardee's officers and men generally did not press their attacks vigorously and Hood had some degree of justification in later blaming him for a lack of faith in his plan. The Confederates never discovered that a gap of a mile and a half existed between Newton's division and the rest of the Fourth Corps which was operating with Schofield's Army of the Ohio.

Keywords:   William J. Hardee, John Newton, Patrick R. Cleburne, John Bell Hood, Buck Head and Atlanta Road, James B. McPherson

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